|New and old buildings - Aquinas' second and third way - Stephen A Richards|
This is the second movie in this series, exploring topics in the philosophy of religion. The first movie considered Aquinas' way of motion. This second movie outlines the second and third of Thomas Aquinas' three arguments (or proofs) for God's existence, using an analogy with new and old buildings. In the second way, Aquinas sets out how the idea of causation (things needing to have a cause), can lead us to the notion that God exists...
Keywords: Philosophy of Religion; Thomas Aquinas; God; proof of God's existence; causation; contingency; buildings; Mill City; MTN; Minneapolis; cable tv
|Cooked Chicken - Aquinas' First Way - Stephen A Richards|
This fun educational movie explores the first of Thomas Aquinas' three arguments (or proofs) for God's existence, using an analogy with cooking chicken. Aquinas' first way is often understood to be about motion, but this is not entirely accurate. Aquinas is actually talking about how things move from a state of potentiality to actuality, which he argues is something begun by God, and this is illustrated in this video by following the process of defrosting and then cooking a piece of chicken...
Keywords: philosophy of religion; religion; Thomas Aquinas; God; proof of God's existence; religion; Christianity; mtn; minneapolis; cable tv
|Bridges - The design argument - Stephen A Richards|
This short clip explores the notion of design, by using an analogy with a bridge. In terms of design arguments for the existence of God, these can be set out in two different ways. Firstly, there are arguments from design. These consider the way things are in the world, and whether this suggests that God created it. Secondly, there are arguments to design. These consider how things should be (or what evidence there would be), if the world had been designed and made by God...
Keywords: Philosophy of Religion; design; design arguments for the existence of God; God; proof of God's existence; arguments to design; arguments from design; bridge; MTN; cable access